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Welcome to the North Central College Department of Music! The Department of Music at North Central College has rigorous degree programs in Music (Liberal Arts Track), Music Performance, Music Education (Choral or Instrumental Tracks), or Jazz Studies, as well as active performing programs with more than twenty ensembles. Regardless of your academic major, all students can participate in our ensembles, private lesson studios, and classes.


MUSIC WELCOME DAY
Sunday, September 9th: For music majors, minors, and all students participating in ensembles. Please review the schedule here

 

CHAMBER PLAYERS AUDITION MATERIALS
Openings for 2018-2019 for Flute/Piccolo (2 spots) and Oboe (1 spot). Click here and scroll to "Audition Materials" for instructions and excerpts. 

We offer the Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in five areas:

  • Music (liberal arts emphasis)
  • Music Education (choral or instrumental emphasis)
  • Music Performance (Instrumental, Vocal, and Composition)
  • Jazz Studies
  • Music Minor

 

 

 

The Music Education major (choral emphasis) offers these benefits:

  • K-12 Illinois teacher certification in music
  • Equivalent of two years of practice teaching experience
  • Completed degree program in four years
  • Nearly 100 percent job placement for graduates over  10 years
  • Approximately 40 majors in music education (choral and instrumental)
  • Faculty with public school teaching experience, including those currently teaching in the schools

Music Education scholarships available upon interview with the coordinator of music education.
Program of study includes courses in music theory, aural skills, arranging and orchestration, conducting, music literature and history, lessons and ensembles, vocal pedagogy and techniques, and elementary, middle school, and high school methods.

Other requirements include:

  • instrumental techniques (choose one from woodwinds, brass, strings, percussion)
  • applied voice lessons every term except during student teaching
  • junior recital 
  • applied piano lessons until Comprehensive Musicianship Exam is passed (usually at the end of the junior year) 
  • participation in Concert Choir, Women’s Chorale, or Cardinal Chorus every term except during student teaching 
  • successful completion of Piano Proficiency and Comprehensive Musicianship Exams
  • successful completion of 11 terms of recital attendance (prorated for transfers)

A Secondary Education minor includes general middle/high school methods (50 clinical hours in schools); elementary music methods (40 clinical hours); and secondary music methods (40 clinical hours). Your student teaching requirement is completed in one term.

The Music Education major (instrumental emphasis) offers these benefits: 

  • K-12 Illinois teacher certification in music 
  • Equivalent of two years of practice teaching experience
  • Completed degree program in four years
  • Nearly 100 percent job placement for graduates over the past 10 years
  • Approximately 40 majors in music education (choral and instrumental)
  • Faculty with public school teaching experience, including those currently teaching in the schools
  • Music education scholarships available upon interview with coordinator of music education

Program of study includes courses in music theory, aural skills, arranging and orchestration, conducting, music literature and history, lessons and ensembles, woodwind, brass, string and percussion techniques, and elementary, middle school, and high school methods.

Other requirements include:

  • applied instrumental lessons every term except during student teaching
  • a junior recital
  • applied piano lessons until Piano Proficiency Exam is passed (usually at the end of the sophomore year) participation in Concert Winds every term except during student teaching
  • successful completion of Piano Proficiency and Comprehensive Musicianship Exams
  • completion of 11 terms of recital attendance (prorated for transfers)

A secondary education minor includes general middle/high school methods (50 clinical hours in schools); elementary music methods (40 clinical hours); and secondary music methods (40 clinical hours). Your student teaching requirement is completed in one term.

Our Jazz Studies major prepares you for the real life of the performing jazz artist. 
The Jazz Studies major offers these benefits: 

  • Emphasis on solo and small group performance, and jazz improvisation
  • Completed degree program in four years
  • Faculty with international jazz performance and teaching experience, including Blujazz recording artist Janice Borla and Premonition recording artist John McLean
  • Performance scholarships available upon audition with jazz faculty
  • Program of study includes courses in music theory and aural skills, lessons and ensembles, jazz improvisation, jazz harmony and jazz history.    

 

Our music major allows you to focus on performance or a combination of music and another area, such as business, to meet your career goals.

NOTE: This page contains all of the regular course descriptions for this discipline or program. Academic credit for each course is noted in parenthesis after the course title. Prerequisites (if any) and the general education requirements, both Core and All-College Requirements (ACRs), which each course fulfills (if any) are noted following each course description. Not all courses are offered every year. Check Merlin, our searchable course schedule, to see which courses are being offered in upcoming terms.

 

Music Education, Choral Track, B.A.

A typical student will need over 120 total credit hours to complete this degree. Music Education is the largest music degree program at North Central College, with approximately 60 majors. Students in Music Education complete core music requirements in theory/musicianship, music literature/history, conducting, methods/pedagogy and private study/ensembles, along with a comprehensive set of courses and clinical experiences in education. Music Education majors also have numerous opportunities for leadership through the student chapter of NAfME (the field's leading professional organization) and in ensembles, productions and special programs.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Music.

Music Requirements:

  • MUS 101 - Music Theory I

    MUS 101 - Music Theory I

    3.00 credit hours

    Study of basic notation rules, triads in root position, triads in first and second inversions voice leading rules, phrase structure, cadences, harmonic progressions and rudimentary forms.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 102 - Music Theory II

    MUS 102 - Music Theory II

    3.00 credit hours

    A study of non-harmonic tones, dominant seventh chords, altered non-harmonic tones and seventh chords. This course includes the study of basic harmonization techniques using triads and seventh chords as well as the study and analysis of standard music literature.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MUS 101.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 108 - Aural Skills I

    MUS 108 - Aural Skills I

    1.00 credit hours

    Introduction to basic concepts of musicianship including rhythm performance and recognition, sight singing and ear training.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 109 - Aural Skills II

    MUS 109 - Aural Skills II

    1.00 credit hours

    Continued basic work with sight singing, ear training, triad recognition and melodic and rhythmic dictation.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 201 - Music Theory III

    MUS 201 - Music Theory III

    3.00 credit hours

    Study of altered dominant chords, modulation to closely related keys, borrowed chords and diminished seventh chords as they apply to the form and analysis of standard music literature.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MUS 101 and MUS 102.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 202 - Music Theory IV

    MUS 202 - Music Theory IV

    3.00 credit hours

    A study of extended chords, modulations to foreign keys, augmented sixth chords, Neapolitan sixth chords and the tone row. A study of harmonization and modulations are applied to the analysis and form of standard music literature.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MUS 101, MUS 102 and MUS 201.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 208 - Aural Skills III

    MUS 208 - Aural Skills III

    1.00 credit hours

    Intermediate work with sight singing, ear training, melodic and rhythmic dictation, seventh chords and harmonic dictation.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 209 - Aural Skills IV

    MUS 209 - Aural Skills IV

    1.00 credit hours

    Continued intermediate work with sight singing, ear training, triad recognition, melodic and rhythmic dictation, seventh chords and harmonic dictation. Introduction of modes, intervals beyond the octave and hearing of forms.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 228 - Diction for Singers I

    MUS 228 - Diction for Singers I

    1.00 credit hours

    The fundamental diction course designed to introduce singers to the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), leading to the correct pronunciation of English and Italian. Topics include IPA transcription and the application of diction principles to important English and Italian vocal literature of the 18th through 20th centuries.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MUS 201 or instructor consent.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 229 - Diction for Singers II

    MUS 229 - Diction for Singers II

    1.00 credit hours

    A continuation from Diction for Singers I of the fundamental course designed to acquaint singers with the IPA, leading to the correct pronunciation of French and German. Topics include IPA transcription and the application of diction principles to important French and German vocal literature of the 18th through 20th centuries.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MUS 201 and MUS 228; or instructor consent.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 258 - Introduction to Musical Styles and Ideas

    MUS 258 - Introduction to Musical Styles and Ideas

    2.00 credit hours

    Introduces the study of music in the extended common practice including bibliography, listening, score reading, music terminology, critical reading and writing skills. The course will survey selected music genres (polyphonic choral, chamber and symphonic music, opera) and discuss the development of musical style from medieval through contemporary practice.

    Core

    Humanities.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 301 - Music History I

    MUS 301 - Music History I

    2.00 credit hours

    The study of Western music from ancient times through the Renaissance period.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MUS 258 and Junior standing; or instructor consent.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 302 - Music History II

    MUS 302 - Music History II

    2.00 credit hours

    The study of Western music of the Baroque and Classical periods.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MUS 301 or instructor consent.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 303 - Music History III

    MUS 303 - Music History III

    2.00 credit hours

    The study of Western music from the Romantic period to the present day.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MUS 302 or instructor consent.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 329 - Vocal Pedagogy and Techniques

    MUS 329 - Vocal Pedagogy and Techniques

    1.00 credit hours

    The study of the vocal instrument and techniques for proper use. Emphasis is on healthy production and the establishment of a technique to be used with young or amateur singers. Required for Music Education majors in the choral track; recommended for any student studying voice.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 343 - Aural Skills V: Performance and Analysis Laboratory

    MUS 343 - Aural Skills V: Performance and Analysis Laboratory

    1.00 credit hours

    Advanced level work with sight singing and ear training including modal, atonal and contemporary idioms. Special projects involving transcriptions and dictation from students' areas of interest.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 344 - Elements of Conducting

    MUS 344 - Elements of Conducting

    2.00 credit hours

    Basic conducting technique, including posture, position of the arms and hands, simple patterns, cueing and releases. Introduction to score preparation and rehearsal technique.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MUS 370 and MUS 343; or instructor consent.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 352 - General Music Classroom Instrument Techniques

    MUS 352 - General Music Classroom Instrument Techniques

    1.00 credit hours

    This course is the study of methodology, materials and techniques of teaching various instruments of the general music classroom in a group setting. Topics include Orff techniques, classroom composition and methodology, guitar and ukulele, recorder, world drumming and classroom piano.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MUS 201 or instructor consent.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 370 - Performance and Analysis

    MUS 370 - Performance and Analysis

    3.00 credit hours

    Advanced analytical techniques for tonal and post-tonal music. Topics include large-scale score analysis, harmonic analysis, reductive analysis and rhythmic analysis. Other topics include issues in cognition and perception and computer-assisted analysis.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Prerequiste: MUS 202 and MUS 209.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 408 - Advanced Choral Conducting and Techniques

    MUS 408 - Advanced Choral Conducting and Techniques

    3.00 credit hours

    Advanced conducting technique as related to the choral ensemble. Further study on score preparation and rehearsal techniques, using standard choral repertoire as a basis for study.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MUS 202, MUS 209 and MUS 344.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • EDN 200 - K-12 and High School Teaching I

    EDN 200 - K-12 and High School Teaching I

    3.00 credit hours

    Introduction to teaching methods including instructional and assessment strategies. Emphasis on direct teaching, interactive instructional strategies, and assessment strategies that develop the skills and processes needed to help K-12 students acquire foundational, conceptual and procedural knowledge.

    Prerequisite(s)


    EDN 101; PSY 205; pass TAP 400 or qualifying ACT with writing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • EDN 201 - K-12 and High School Teaching I Field Experience

    EDN 201 - K-12 and High School Teaching I Field Experience

    1.00 credit hours

    Req: 50 field experience hours.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Concurrent enrollment in EDN 200.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • EDN 302 - Practicum: General Middle School Methods

    EDN 302 - Practicum: General Middle School Methods

    0.50 credit hours

    Provides students with a content-area field experience in a middle school classroom supervised jointly by an NCC supervisor and the classroom teacher. Students complete 25 hours of supervised field work, applying research-based methods to actual teaching situations in middle school settings. At least once during the term, an NCC supervisor observes the students as they conduct lessons and conducts a follow up conference in which the student and supervisor evaluate and discuss the lesson.

    Prerequisite(s)


    EDN 200.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • EDN 351 - Elementary Music Education

    EDN 351 - Elementary Music Education

    3.00 credit hours

    A study of music and its function in the elementary school curriculum. Students participate in hands-on experiences in teaching music and develop pedagogical techniques suitable for students at the elementary level.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • EDN 353 - Secondary School Music

    EDN 353 - Secondary School Music

    3.00 credit hours

    A study of music and its function in the secondary school curriculum. Students participate in hands-on experiences in teaching music and develop pedagogical techniques suitable for students at the secondary level.

    Prerequisite(s)


    EDN 200, MUS 202 and acceptance into the Teacher Education Program.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • EDN 373 - Field Experience: K-12 Methods/Techniques in Art and Music

    EDN 373 - Field Experience: K-12 Methods/Techniques in Art and Music

    1.00 credit hours

    Provides students with an extended field experience in a secondary classroom in the student's major content area (art or music). Students complete 40 hours of supervised field work, applying research-based methods and techniques to actual teaching situations, under the joint supervision of the cooperating classroom teacher and the NCC supervisor. Req: 40 field experience hours.

    Prerequisite(s)


    EDN 200.

    Schedule Of Classes

    • Private vocal study with NCC faculty each term in the program; .5 for 11 terms, totaling 5.5 credit hours
    • Large ensemble participation on primary instrument/voice each term in the program; six terms required for credit at .5 each, totaling three credit hours
    • Private piano lessons with NCC faculty until successful completion of the Piano Proficiency Exam
    • Junior recital
    • Successful completion of the Piano Proficiency Exam and the Comprehensive Musicianship Exam
    • Completion of 11 terms of Concert/Recital Attendance

Highly Recommended:

Note:

Each student is expected to take primary ensemble and private lessons on the student's primary instrument/voice for credit. Only when the student would exceed the amount of credits applicable to the degree, or in unavoidable circumstances where the student will exceed 12 credit hours in a term, may the student register for "no credit." Under no circumstances may the student participate in an ensemble or take private lessons without registering.

The Secondary Education Supplemental major is required

Music Education, Instrumental Track, B.A.

A typical student will need over 120 total credit hours to complete this degree. Music Education is the largest music degree program at North Central College, with approximately 60 majors. Students in Music Education complete core music requirements in theory/musicianship, music literature/history, conducting, methods/pedagogy and private study/ensembles, along with a comprehensive set of courses and clinical experiences in education. Music Education majors also have numerous opportunities for leadership through the student chapter of NAfME (the field's leading professional organization) and in ensembles, productions and special programs.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Music.

Music Requirements:

  • MUS 101 - Music Theory I

    MUS 101 - Music Theory I

    3.00 credit hours

    Study of basic notation rules, triads in root position, triads in first and second inversions voice leading rules, phrase structure, cadences, harmonic progressions and rudimentary forms.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 102 - Music Theory II

    MUS 102 - Music Theory II

    3.00 credit hours

    A study of non-harmonic tones, dominant seventh chords, altered non-harmonic tones and seventh chords. This course includes the study of basic harmonization techniques using triads and seventh chords as well as the study and analysis of standard music literature.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MUS 101.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 108 - Aural Skills I

    MUS 108 - Aural Skills I

    1.00 credit hours

    Introduction to basic concepts of musicianship including rhythm performance and recognition, sight singing and ear training.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 109 - Aural Skills II

    MUS 109 - Aural Skills II

    1.00 credit hours

    Continued basic work with sight singing, ear training, triad recognition and melodic and rhythmic dictation.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 201 - Music Theory III

    MUS 201 - Music Theory III

    3.00 credit hours

    Study of altered dominant chords, modulation to closely related keys, borrowed chords and diminished seventh chords as they apply to the form and analysis of standard music literature.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MUS 101 and MUS 102.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 202 - Music Theory IV

    MUS 202 - Music Theory IV

    3.00 credit hours

    A study of extended chords, modulations to foreign keys, augmented sixth chords, Neapolitan sixth chords and the tone row. A study of harmonization and modulations are applied to the analysis and form of standard music literature.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MUS 101, MUS 102 and MUS 201.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 208 - Aural Skills III

    MUS 208 - Aural Skills III

    1.00 credit hours

    Intermediate work with sight singing, ear training, melodic and rhythmic dictation, seventh chords and harmonic dictation.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 209 - Aural Skills IV

    MUS 209 - Aural Skills IV

    1.00 credit hours

    Continued intermediate work with sight singing, ear training, triad recognition, melodic and rhythmic dictation, seventh chords and harmonic dictation. Introduction of modes, intervals beyond the octave and hearing of forms.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 258 - Introduction to Musical Styles and Ideas

    MUS 258 - Introduction to Musical Styles and Ideas

    2.00 credit hours

    Introduces the study of music in the extended common practice including bibliography, listening, score reading, music terminology, critical reading and writing skills. The course will survey selected music genres (polyphonic choral, chamber and symphonic music, opera) and discuss the development of musical style from medieval through contemporary practice.

    Core

    Humanities.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 301 - Music History I

    MUS 301 - Music History I

    2.00 credit hours

    The study of Western music from ancient times through the Renaissance period.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MUS 258 and Junior standing; or instructor consent.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 302 - Music History II

    MUS 302 - Music History II

    2.00 credit hours

    The study of Western music of the Baroque and Classical periods.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MUS 301 or instructor consent.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 303 - Music History III

    MUS 303 - Music History III

    2.00 credit hours

    The study of Western music from the Romantic period to the present day.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MUS 302 or instructor consent.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 343 - Aural Skills V: Performance and Analysis Laboratory

    MUS 343 - Aural Skills V: Performance and Analysis Laboratory

    1.00 credit hours

    Advanced level work with sight singing and ear training including modal, atonal and contemporary idioms. Special projects involving transcriptions and dictation from students' areas of interest.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 344 - Elements of Conducting

    MUS 344 - Elements of Conducting

    2.00 credit hours

    Basic conducting technique, including posture, position of the arms and hands, simple patterns, cueing and releases. Introduction to score preparation and rehearsal technique.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MUS 370 and MUS 343; or instructor consent.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 370 - Performance and Analysis

    MUS 370 - Performance and Analysis

    3.00 credit hours

    Advanced analytical techniques for tonal and post-tonal music. Topics include large-scale score analysis, harmonic analysis, reductive analysis and rhythmic analysis. Other topics include issues in cognition and perception and computer-assisted analysis.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Prerequiste: MUS 202 and MUS 209.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 407 - Advanced Instrumental Conducting and Techniques

    MUS 407 - Advanced Instrumental Conducting and Techniques

    3.00 credit hours

    A study of advanced instrumental conducting techniques, including score preparation and rehearsal techniques.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MUS 202, MUS 209 and MUS 344.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • EDN 200 - K-12 and High School Teaching I

    EDN 200 - K-12 and High School Teaching I

    3.00 credit hours

    Introduction to teaching methods including instructional and assessment strategies. Emphasis on direct teaching, interactive instructional strategies, and assessment strategies that develop the skills and processes needed to help K-12 students acquire foundational, conceptual and procedural knowledge.

    Prerequisite(s)


    EDN 101; PSY 205; pass TAP 400 or qualifying ACT with writing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • EDN 201 - K-12 and High School Teaching I Field Experience

    EDN 201 - K-12 and High School Teaching I Field Experience

    1.00 credit hours

    Req: 50 field experience hours.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Concurrent enrollment in EDN 200.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • EDN 302 - Practicum: General Middle School Methods

    EDN 302 - Practicum: General Middle School Methods

    0.50 credit hours

    Provides students with a content-area field experience in a middle school classroom supervised jointly by an NCC supervisor and the classroom teacher. Students complete 25 hours of supervised field work, applying research-based methods to actual teaching situations in middle school settings. At least once during the term, an NCC supervisor observes the students as they conduct lessons and conducts a follow up conference in which the student and supervisor evaluate and discuss the lesson.

    Prerequisite(s)


    EDN 200.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • EDN 351 - Elementary Music Education

    EDN 351 - Elementary Music Education

    3.00 credit hours

    A study of music and its function in the elementary school curriculum. Students participate in hands-on experiences in teaching music and develop pedagogical techniques suitable for students at the elementary level.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • EDN 353 - Secondary School Music

    EDN 353 - Secondary School Music

    3.00 credit hours

    A study of music and its function in the secondary school curriculum. Students participate in hands-on experiences in teaching music and develop pedagogical techniques suitable for students at the secondary level.

    Prerequisite(s)


    EDN 200, MUS 202 and acceptance into the Teacher Education Program.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • EDN 373 - Field Experience: K-12 Methods/Techniques in Art and Music

    EDN 373 - Field Experience: K-12 Methods/Techniques in Art and Music

    1.00 credit hours

    Provides students with an extended field experience in a secondary classroom in the student's major content area (art or music). Students complete 40 hours of supervised field work, applying research-based methods and techniques to actual teaching situations, under the joint supervision of the cooperating classroom teacher and the NCC supervisor. Req: 40 field experience hours.

    Prerequisite(s)


    EDN 200.

    Schedule Of Classes

    • Private instrumental study with NCC faculty each term in the program; .5 for 11 terms, totaling 5.5 credit hours
    • Large ensemble participation on primary instrument/voice each term in the program; six terms required for credit at .5 each, totaling three credit hours
    • Private piano lessons with NCC faculty until successful completion of the Piano Proficiency Exam
    • Junior recital
    • Successful completion of the Piano Proficiency Exam and the Comprehensive Musicianship Exam
    • Completion of 11 terms of Concert/Recital Attendance

Instrumental Techniques (choose four):

Instrumental (band) majors are required to take MUS 322, MUS 323, MUS 326 and one of their choosing; Instrumental (string) majors are required to take MUS 324 and three others of their choosing.

  • MUS 322 - Woodwind Techniques I

    MUS 322 - Woodwind Techniques I

    1.00 credit hours

    An applied course focused on developing proficiency on the clarinet, saxophone and flute families in order to prepare future music educators to gain aptitude in instrument pedagogy for use in beginning, junior high and high school band/orchestra. The course will delve into the various pedagogical concerns that accompany proficiency on single reeds and flutes. The course will also develop a procedure-based classroom management strategy for beginning band classes.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MUS 201 or instructor consent.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 323 - Brass Techniques

    MUS 323 - Brass Techniques

    1.00 credit hours

    A study of the performance techniques of the trumpet, horn, trombone and tuba. Students study teaching techniques appropriate for the instruction of the instruments at various levels.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MUS 201.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 324 - String Techniques

    MUS 324 - String Techniques

    1.00 credit hours

    A study of the performance techniques of the violin, viola, cello and bass. Students study teaching techniques appropriate for the instruction of the instruments at various levels.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MUS 201.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 325 - Percussion Techniques

    MUS 325 - Percussion Techniques

    1.00 credit hours

    A study of the performance techniques of the various percussion instruments found in the band and orchestra. Students study teaching techniques appropriate for the instruction of the instruments at various levels.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MUS 201.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 326 - Woodwind Techniques II

    MUS 326 - Woodwind Techniques II

    1.00 credit hours

    An applied course focused on developing proficiency on the oboe and bassoon families in order to prepare future music educators to gain aptitude in instrument pedagogy for use in beginning, junior high and high school band/orchestra. The course will delve into the various pedagogical concerns that accompany proficiency on single reeds and flutes. The course will also develop a procedure-based classroom management strategy for beginning band classes.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MUS 201 or instructor consent.

    Schedule Of Classes

Highly Recommended:

Note:

Each student is expected to take primary ensemble and private lessons on the student's primary instrument for credit. Only when the student would exceed the amount of credits applicable to the degree, or in unavoidable circumstances where the student will exceed 12 credit hours in a term, may the student register for "no credit." Under no circumstances may the student participate in an ensemble or take private lessons without registering.

The Secondary Education Supplemental major is required

Music, Jazz Studies Track, B.A.

The Jazz Studies program at North Central College is fully staffed with an adjunct faculty of world-renowned professional jazz artists, whose combined credits read like a veritable "Who's Who" of jazz. The program affords students the opportunity to study firsthand with these highly visible professional artists, all of whom are currently active within the art form as well as being experienced jazz educators.

In addition to intensive one-on-one instruction, students also pursue studies in jazz harmony, jazz history and jazz improvisation. Ensemble and performance opportunities include Jazz Combos, Vocal Jazz Ensemble and Big Band, all of which participate in numerous jazz events throughout the year, both on and off campus. The College's close proximity to one of the world's great centers of jazz enables students to observe and participate in the Chicago area's active music scene.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Music.

Major Requirements:

  • MUS 101 - Music Theory I

    MUS 101 - Music Theory I

    3.00 credit hours

    Study of basic notation rules, triads in root position, triads in first and second inversions voice leading rules, phrase structure, cadences, harmonic progressions and rudimentary forms.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 102 - Music Theory II

    MUS 102 - Music Theory II

    3.00 credit hours

    A study of non-harmonic tones, dominant seventh chords, altered non-harmonic tones and seventh chords. This course includes the study of basic harmonization techniques using triads and seventh chords as well as the study and analysis of standard music literature.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MUS 101.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 108 - Aural Skills I

    MUS 108 - Aural Skills I

    1.00 credit hours

    Introduction to basic concepts of musicianship including rhythm performance and recognition, sight singing and ear training.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 109 - Aural Skills II

    MUS 109 - Aural Skills II

    1.00 credit hours

    Continued basic work with sight singing, ear training, triad recognition and melodic and rhythmic dictation.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 201 - Music Theory III

    MUS 201 - Music Theory III

    3.00 credit hours

    Study of altered dominant chords, modulation to closely related keys, borrowed chords and diminished seventh chords as they apply to the form and analysis of standard music literature.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MUS 101 and MUS 102.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 208 - Aural Skills III

    MUS 208 - Aural Skills III

    1.00 credit hours

    Intermediate work with sight singing, ear training, melodic and rhythmic dictation, seventh chords and harmonic dictation.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 258 - Introduction to Musical Styles and Ideas

    MUS 258 - Introduction to Musical Styles and Ideas

    2.00 credit hours

    Introduces the study of music in the extended common practice including bibliography, listening, score reading, music terminology, critical reading and writing skills. The course will survey selected music genres (polyphonic choral, chamber and symphonic music, opera) and discuss the development of musical style from medieval through contemporary practice.

    Core

    Humanities.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 181 - Jazz Improvisation I

    MUS 181 - Jazz Improvisation I

    3.00 credit hours

    Fundamentals of jazz harmony, rhythmic style and melodic development utilized in jazz improvisation. Technical, ear training and improvisation exercises using the major scales and the dorian and mixolydian modes. Analysis, transcription and performance of recorded jazz solos are used to illustrate these principles.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MUS 102.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 182 - Jazz Improvisation II

    MUS 182 - Jazz Improvisation II

    3.00 credit hours

    Principles of jazz harmony, rhythmic style and melodic development utilized in jazz improvisation. Technical, ear training and improvisation exercises and jazz repertoire utilizing the ii-V-I harmonic progression, the blues scale and form, the aeolian and locrian modes and the minor ii-IV-I harmonic progression. Analysis, transcription and performance of recorded jazz solos illustrating these principles.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MUS 181.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 260 - Jazz Harmony I

    MUS 260 - Jazz Harmony I

    3.00 credit hours

    Music theory as it applies to Swing and Bebop Jazz styles. Scale/chord relationships; harmonic notation; standard sectional song forms; alterations, extensions and substitutions.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MUS 102.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 261 - Jazz Harmony II

    MUS 261 - Jazz Harmony II

    3.00 credit hours

    Music theory as it applies to the stylistic changes which occurred in jazz after Bebop. Modal and chromatic harmony, polychords, pedal points, free playing and quartal harmony.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MUS 260.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 281 - Jazz Improvisation III

    MUS 281 - Jazz Improvisation III

    3.00 credit hours

    Intermediate principles of jazz harmony, rhythmic style and melodic development utilized in jazz improvisation. Technical, ear training and improvisation exercises and jazz repertoire utilizing the lydian and Phrygian modes, sectional forms, the diminished mode and the whole tone scale. Analysis, transcription and performance of recorded jazz solos illustrating these principles.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MUS 182.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 282 - Jazz Improvisation IV

    MUS 282 - Jazz Improvisation IV

    3.00 credit hours

    Advanced principles of jazz harmony, rhythmic style and melodic development utilized in jazz improvisation. Technical, ear training and improvisation exercises and jazz repertoire utilizing the harmonic and melodic minor scales, altered lydian modes, pentatonic scales and Coltrane substitutions. Analysis, transcription and performance of recorded jazz solos illustrating these principles.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MUS 281.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 305 - Jazz History I

    MUS 305 - Jazz History I

    3.00 credit hours

    The stylistic evolution of Jazz from its origins to 1945, examined within its American cultural context. Traces it historical development from early Combo Jazz through the Swing era to the development of Bebop.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MUS 102 or instructor consent.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 306 - Jazz History II

    MUS 306 - Jazz History II

    3.00 credit hours

    The stylistic evolution of modern jazz after Bebop; from 1945 to the present day, examined within its American cultural context. Traces the historical development of the diverse styles-Bop, Third Stream, Free Jazz, Fusion-co-existing within the contemporary Jazz idiom.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MUS 305 or instructor consent.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 360 - Jazz Composition and Arranging

    MUS 360 - Jazz Composition and Arranging

    3.00 credit hours

    Advanced topics in jazz composition and arranging introduced through the exploration and analysis of the jazz repertory. Topics include writing in various tonal forms, writing for rhythm section and arranging for small jazz ensembles and various big band formations.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MUS 261 or instructor consent

    Schedule Of Classes

    • Three terms of applied jazz music
    • Three terms of applied classical music (MUS 211, MUS 221 or MUS 231)
    • Nine terms of jazz ensemble
    • Successful completion of the Jazz Piano Proficiency Exam
    • Completion of a 30 minute Junior Instrumental or Vocal Jazz Recital
    • Completion of a 60 minute Senior Instrumental or Vocal Jazz Recital*

    *Under special circumstances a Senior Project (such as a composition recital or conducting lecture/recital) may be substituted for the Senior Recital. Department Chair permission is required for a Senior Project.

Music, Liberal Arts Track, B.A.

The liberal arts track in Music is for the student who wishes to major in music but does not want to pursue a teaching career or a performance career in jazz. Students in the liberal arts track take the same academic core of theory/aural skills, music literature/history and private study/ensembles as other music majors, but add to their degree program in other ways which meet their unique career goals and interests.

An individual program of study can be designed in consultation with the department chair.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Music.

Major Requirements:

  • MUS 101 - Music Theory I

    MUS 101 - Music Theory I

    3.00 credit hours

    Study of basic notation rules, triads in root position, triads in first and second inversions voice leading rules, phrase structure, cadences, harmonic progressions and rudimentary forms.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 102 - Music Theory II

    MUS 102 - Music Theory II

    3.00 credit hours

    A study of non-harmonic tones, dominant seventh chords, altered non-harmonic tones and seventh chords. This course includes the study of basic harmonization techniques using triads and seventh chords as well as the study and analysis of standard music literature.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MUS 101.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 108 - Aural Skills I

    MUS 108 - Aural Skills I

    1.00 credit hours

    Introduction to basic concepts of musicianship including rhythm performance and recognition, sight singing and ear training.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 109 - Aural Skills II

    MUS 109 - Aural Skills II

    1.00 credit hours

    Continued basic work with sight singing, ear training, triad recognition and melodic and rhythmic dictation.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 201 - Music Theory III

    MUS 201 - Music Theory III

    3.00 credit hours

    Study of altered dominant chords, modulation to closely related keys, borrowed chords and diminished seventh chords as they apply to the form and analysis of standard music literature.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MUS 101 and MUS 102.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 202 - Music Theory IV

    MUS 202 - Music Theory IV

    3.00 credit hours

    A study of extended chords, modulations to foreign keys, augmented sixth chords, Neapolitan sixth chords and the tone row. A study of harmonization and modulations are applied to the analysis and form of standard music literature.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MUS 101, MUS 102 and MUS 201.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 208 - Aural Skills III

    MUS 208 - Aural Skills III

    1.00 credit hours

    Intermediate work with sight singing, ear training, melodic and rhythmic dictation, seventh chords and harmonic dictation.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 209 - Aural Skills IV

    MUS 209 - Aural Skills IV

    1.00 credit hours

    Continued intermediate work with sight singing, ear training, triad recognition, melodic and rhythmic dictation, seventh chords and harmonic dictation. Introduction of modes, intervals beyond the octave and hearing of forms.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 258 - Introduction to Musical Styles and Ideas

    MUS 258 - Introduction to Musical Styles and Ideas

    2.00 credit hours

    Introduces the study of music in the extended common practice including bibliography, listening, score reading, music terminology, critical reading and writing skills. The course will survey selected music genres (polyphonic choral, chamber and symphonic music, opera) and discuss the development of musical style from medieval through contemporary practice.

    Core

    Humanities.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 301 - Music History I

    MUS 301 - Music History I

    2.00 credit hours

    The study of Western music from ancient times through the Renaissance period.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MUS 258 and Junior standing; or instructor consent.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 302 - Music History II

    MUS 302 - Music History II

    2.00 credit hours

    The study of Western music of the Baroque and Classical periods.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MUS 301 or instructor consent.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 303 - Music History III

    MUS 303 - Music History III

    2.00 credit hours

    The study of Western music from the Romantic period to the present day.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MUS 302 or instructor consent.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 342 - Arranging and Orchestration

    MUS 342 - Arranging and Orchestration

    3.00 credit hours

    Students study the technical and historic aspects of orchestration and arranging for both vocal and instrumental ensembles.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MUS 370 and MUS 343.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 343 - Aural Skills V: Performance and Analysis Laboratory

    MUS 343 - Aural Skills V: Performance and Analysis Laboratory

    1.00 credit hours

    Advanced level work with sight singing and ear training including modal, atonal and contemporary idioms. Special projects involving transcriptions and dictation from students' areas of interest.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 344 - Elements of Conducting

    MUS 344 - Elements of Conducting

    2.00 credit hours

    Basic conducting technique, including posture, position of the arms and hands, simple patterns, cueing and releases. Introduction to score preparation and rehearsal technique.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MUS 370 and MUS 343; or instructor consent.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 370 - Performance and Analysis

    MUS 370 - Performance and Analysis

    3.00 credit hours

    Advanced analytical techniques for tonal and post-tonal music. Topics include large-scale score analysis, harmonic analysis, reductive analysis and rhythmic analysis. Other topics include issues in cognition and perception and computer-assisted analysis.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Prerequiste: MUS 202 and MUS 209.

    Schedule Of Classes

    • One 300- or 400-level non-performance Music course (3.0 cr.)
    • Four additional credit hours of Music electives
    • Participation in an approved performing ensemble each term in the program
    • Private studio lessons on primary instrument/voice must be taken for minimal credit, .5 for 12 terms, totaling six credit hours
    • Completion of 12 terms of Concert/Recital Attendance
    • Enrollment in MUS 211 - Piano Lessons is required until the Piano Proficiency Examination is completed
    • Successful completion of the Piano Proficiency Examination
    • Completion of a 30 minute Junior Instrumental or Vocal Recital
    • Completion of a 60 minute Senior Instrumental or Vocal Recital*

    *Under special circumstances a Senior Project (such as a composition recital or conducting/lecture recital) may substitute for the Senior Recital.  Department Chair permission is required for a Senior Project; a proposal, as per Department of Music Guidebook guidelines, is required at least two terms prior to the proposed project performance/due date.

Music, Performance Track, B.A.

The Music Performance major chooses from the following emphases: vocal, instrumental, piano or composition. The Music Performance track is designed for students who wish to pursue careers as performers, private studio teachers or composers, and who plan to pursue graduate school in these or related areas, such as music therapy. Music Performance majors are required to take a rigorous core of music theory, history and techniques/pedagogy courses, as well as private study on their primary instrument, musical ensemble study and all liberal arts and general education courses required of all students at North Central College. Entrance into the Music Performance track is determined by audition with the Music Department.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Music.

Major Requirements:

  • MUS 101 - Music Theory I

    MUS 101 - Music Theory I

    3.00 credit hours

    Study of basic notation rules, triads in root position, triads in first and second inversions voice leading rules, phrase structure, cadences, harmonic progressions and rudimentary forms.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 102 - Music Theory II

    MUS 102 - Music Theory II

    3.00 credit hours

    A study of non-harmonic tones, dominant seventh chords, altered non-harmonic tones and seventh chords. This course includes the study of basic harmonization techniques using triads and seventh chords as well as the study and analysis of standard music literature.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MUS 101.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 108 - Aural Skills I

    MUS 108 - Aural Skills I

    1.00 credit hours

    Introduction to basic concepts of musicianship including rhythm performance and recognition, sight singing and ear training.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 109 - Aural Skills II

    MUS 109 - Aural Skills II

    1.00 credit hours

    Continued basic work with sight singing, ear training, triad recognition and melodic and rhythmic dictation.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 201 - Music Theory III

    MUS 201 - Music Theory III

    3.00 credit hours

    Study of altered dominant chords, modulation to closely related keys, borrowed chords and diminished seventh chords as they apply to the form and analysis of standard music literature.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MUS 101 and MUS 102.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 202 - Music Theory IV

    MUS 202 - Music Theory IV

    3.00 credit hours

    A study of extended chords, modulations to foreign keys, augmented sixth chords, Neapolitan sixth chords and the tone row. A study of harmonization and modulations are applied to the analysis and form of standard music literature.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MUS 101, MUS 102 and MUS 201.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 208 - Aural Skills III

    MUS 208 - Aural Skills III

    1.00 credit hours

    Intermediate work with sight singing, ear training, melodic and rhythmic dictation, seventh chords and harmonic dictation.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 209 - Aural Skills IV

    MUS 209 - Aural Skills IV

    1.00 credit hours

    Continued intermediate work with sight singing, ear training, triad recognition, melodic and rhythmic dictation, seventh chords and harmonic dictation. Introduction of modes, intervals beyond the octave and hearing of forms.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 258 - Introduction to Musical Styles and Ideas

    MUS 258 - Introduction to Musical Styles and Ideas

    2.00 credit hours

    Introduces the study of music in the extended common practice including bibliography, listening, score reading, music terminology, critical reading and writing skills. The course will survey selected music genres (polyphonic choral, chamber and symphonic music, opera) and discuss the development of musical style from medieval through contemporary practice.

    Core

    Humanities.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 301 - Music History I

    MUS 301 - Music History I

    2.00 credit hours

    The study of Western music from ancient times through the Renaissance period.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MUS 258 and Junior standing; or instructor consent.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 302 - Music History II

    MUS 302 - Music History II

    2.00 credit hours

    The study of Western music of the Baroque and Classical periods.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MUS 301 or instructor consent.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 303 - Music History III

    MUS 303 - Music History III

    2.00 credit hours

    The study of Western music from the Romantic period to the present day.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MUS 302 or instructor consent.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 343 - Aural Skills V: Performance and Analysis Laboratory

    MUS 343 - Aural Skills V: Performance and Analysis Laboratory

    1.00 credit hours

    Advanced level work with sight singing and ear training including modal, atonal and contemporary idioms. Special projects involving transcriptions and dictation from students' areas of interest.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 344 - Elements of Conducting

    MUS 344 - Elements of Conducting

    2.00 credit hours

    Basic conducting technique, including posture, position of the arms and hands, simple patterns, cueing and releases. Introduction to score preparation and rehearsal technique.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MUS 370 and MUS 343; or instructor consent.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 370 - Performance and Analysis

    MUS 370 - Performance and Analysis

    3.00 credit hours

    Advanced analytical techniques for tonal and post-tonal music. Topics include large-scale score analysis, harmonic analysis, reductive analysis and rhythmic analysis. Other topics include issues in cognition and perception and computer-assisted analysis.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Prerequiste: MUS 202 and MUS 209.

    Schedule Of Classes

    • Two 300- or 400- level theory, history or non-performance courses (Composition Majors must take MUS 342 and MUS 382 as their courses; vocal, instrumental and piano majors must take MUS 407 or MUS 408 as one of these courses and can choose among other 300- and 400-level courses for the other)
    • Private instrumental or vocal study on primary instrument with NCC faculty each term in the program: .5 credit for six terms, 1.0 credit for six terms, totaling nine credit hours
    • Large Ensemble participation on primary instrument each term in the program, four terms required for credit at .5 each
    • Private piano lessons with NCC faculty until successful completion of the Piano Proficiency Exam
    • Completion of a 30 minute Junior Recital
    • Completion of a 60 minute Senior Recital or Project
    • Completion of 12 terms of Concert/Recital Attendence

Within the major, students must then select one of the following emphases:

Vocal:
  • MUS 228 - Diction for Singers I

    MUS 228 - Diction for Singers I

    1.00 credit hours

    The fundamental diction course designed to introduce singers to the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), leading to the correct pronunciation of English and Italian. Topics include IPA transcription and the application of diction principles to important English and Italian vocal literature of the 18th through 20th centuries.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MUS 201 or instructor consent.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 229 - Diction for Singers II

    MUS 229 - Diction for Singers II

    1.00 credit hours

    A continuation from Diction for Singers I of the fundamental course designed to acquaint singers with the IPA, leading to the correct pronunciation of French and German. Topics include IPA transcription and the application of diction principles to important French and German vocal literature of the 18th through 20th centuries.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MUS 201 and MUS 228; or instructor consent.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 329 - Vocal Pedagogy and Techniques

    MUS 329 - Vocal Pedagogy and Techniques

    1.00 credit hours

    The study of the vocal instrument and techniques for proper use. Emphasis is on healthy production and the establishment of a technique to be used with young or amateur singers. Required for Music Education majors in the choral track; recommended for any student studying voice.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 428 - Vocal Literature

    MUS 428 - Vocal Literature

    1.00 credit hours

    An overview of the performance and communication of song and operatic repertoire with detailed attention to style, interpretation, foreign language diction, phrasing, dramatic expression and performance practice. The course will cover a wide range of repertoire within the common practice period with a primary focus on performance styles, performance practices and interpretive skills as applied to English, French, German and Italian texts.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MUS 201, MUS 228 and MUS 229.

    Schedule Of Classes

Instrumental:
  • MUS 452 - Instrumental Literature

    MUS 452 - Instrumental Literature

    1.00 credit hours

    An in-depth study of chamber repertoire, instrumental genres, composers, performance practices, compositional techniques, style and the interpretation of instrumental literature primarily in the common practice period to the 20th and 21st centuries.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MUS 201 or instructor consent.

    Schedule Of Classes

Three of the following:
  • MUS 322 - Woodwind Techniques I

    MUS 322 - Woodwind Techniques I

    1.00 credit hours

    An applied course focused on developing proficiency on the clarinet, saxophone and flute families in order to prepare future music educators to gain aptitude in instrument pedagogy for use in beginning, junior high and high school band/orchestra. The course will delve into the various pedagogical concerns that accompany proficiency on single reeds and flutes. The course will also develop a procedure-based classroom management strategy for beginning band classes.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MUS 201 or instructor consent.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 323 - Brass Techniques

    MUS 323 - Brass Techniques

    1.00 credit hours

    A study of the performance techniques of the trumpet, horn, trombone and tuba. Students study teaching techniques appropriate for the instruction of the instruments at various levels.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MUS 201.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 324 - String Techniques

    MUS 324 - String Techniques

    1.00 credit hours

    A study of the performance techniques of the violin, viola, cello and bass. Students study teaching techniques appropriate for the instruction of the instruments at various levels.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MUS 201.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 325 - Percussion Techniques

    MUS 325 - Percussion Techniques

    1.00 credit hours

    A study of the performance techniques of the various percussion instruments found in the band and orchestra. Students study teaching techniques appropriate for the instruction of the instruments at various levels.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MUS 201.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 326 - Woodwind Techniques II

    MUS 326 - Woodwind Techniques II

    1.00 credit hours

    An applied course focused on developing proficiency on the oboe and bassoon families in order to prepare future music educators to gain aptitude in instrument pedagogy for use in beginning, junior high and high school band/orchestra. The course will delve into the various pedagogical concerns that accompany proficiency on single reeds and flutes. The course will also develop a procedure-based classroom management strategy for beginning band classes.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MUS 201 or instructor consent.

    Schedule Of Classes

Piano:
  • MUS 334 - Piano Pedagogy

    MUS 334 - Piano Pedagogy

    1.00 credit hours

    The study and methodology related to the materials and techniques of teaching piano in both individual and group settings. Topics include incorporating various classical and alternative methods for the beginning to intermediate piano student.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MUS 201.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 336 - Collaborative Piano

    MUS 336 - Collaborative Piano

    1.00 credit hours

    An applied course focused on the aspects of collaborative piano including accompanying, chamber music, harmonization and accompanimental improvisation.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MUS 201.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 428 - Vocal Literature

    MUS 428 - Vocal Literature

    1.00 credit hours

    An overview of the performance and communication of song and operatic repertoire with detailed attention to style, interpretation, foreign language diction, phrasing, dramatic expression and performance practice. The course will cover a wide range of repertoire within the common practice period with a primary focus on performance styles, performance practices and interpretive skills as applied to English, French, German and Italian texts.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MUS 201, MUS 228 and MUS 229.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 434 - Piano Literature

    MUS 434 - Piano Literature

    1.00 credit hours

    An in-depth study of keyboard and piano literature of the extended common-practice period with a focus on the 18th through 20th centuries. Along with the history of the piano, the performance and analysis of forms, genres, style and primary composers are studied. The course will be taught through lectures, reading and listening assignments.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MUS 201 or instructor consent.

    Schedule Of Classes

Composition:

Four credit hours of composition lessons:

  • MUS 231 - Instrumental Lessons

    MUS 231 - Instrumental Lessons

    0.00, 0.50, 1.00 credit hours

    Available to all students. May be repeated. Students may take hour lessons for 1.0 credit with permission of the instructor. 1/2 hour lessons=0.5 credit; 1 hour lessons=1 credi;. 0 credit option only for students who have reached 12 credit hour full time limit.

    Schedule Of Classes

Who should audition for music scholarships?

  1. Any singer or instrumentalist, regardless of major, who intends to perform in a major ensemble (Cardinal Marching Band, Cardinal Basketball Bands, Symphony Band, Concert Winds, Jazz Combos, Big Band, Cardinal Choir, Concert Choir, Women's Chorale, or Chamber String Ensemble) is encouraged to audition for a talent-based performance scholarship. 

    Performance scholarships require you to perform in one of the aforementioned ensembles each term and take applied lessons on your main instrument/voice. Exemplary attendance and effort, and grades of "B" or higher are expected in both ensemble and private lessons in order to maintain the scholarship.
     

  2. Piano students
    Piano scholarships require you to accompany juries, recitals, and/or ensembles (the exact assignment is determined yearly by the piano faculty).
     

  3. Composition students
     

  4. Students wishing to major or minor in music must audition for full admission into their chosen degree program. For most degree programs, participation in an ensemble is a requirement, and therefore, completion of a single audition satisfies the admission audition requirement as well as the performance scholarship requirement.
     

How do I audition?

It's easy. Simply register for one of our Audition Days.
These are half-day events, which include:

  • a warm-up and audition period

    Note: there will be more than one warm up/audition time if you are auditioning in more than one division. For example, a student auditioning for both choral and band scholarships would have two auditions. A student auditioning for choral, musical theater, and string scholarships would have three auditions, etc.

  • a group Q & A meeting with Department of Music faculty

  • a luncheon and showcase featuring student and faculty performance

  • optional tours of campus and Downtown Naperville

Audition Days are designed to give you a comprehensive picture of the deparment, faculty, and programs as well as the opportunity to audition for scholarships in one or more areas. Students are expected to attend all elements of the Audition Day and prospective music majors must indicate their intent in advance with your Admission counselor and on the information sheet you will receive when you arrive that day. Parents or guardians are encouraged to attend all portions of the Audition Day (except for the audition itself) with your student!


Audition Days

  • Monday, November 5th, 2018 (afternoon)

  • Monday, January 21st, 2019 (afternoon) 

  • Saturday, February 16th, 2019 (morning and afternoon audition times available) 

To register for an Audition Day, contact the Admissions Office via the link or by phone at 630.637.5800.

 

What should I prepare for my audition?

For Vocal & Choral Scholarships
To audition for a vocal or choral scholarship, you will need:

  • to prepare two memorized art songs (no "pop" songs will be accepted). One must be in English, the other in a foreign language. An accompanist will be provided or you may bring your own. No accompaniment tapes accepted. 
  • to sight-read a short excerpt.
  • two letters of recommendation from music professionals who know you and your musical background (your choral director, private voice teacher, church choir director, etc.)


 

For Instrumental Scholarships (wind/percussion; string; piano; athletic bands)
To audition for an instrumental scholarship, you will need:

  • to prepare one solo which shows your overall technical and expressive ability. 
  • to sight-read a short excerpt
  • to prepare all major and minor scales. 
  • two letters of recommendation from music professionals who know you and your musical background (your band director, private instrument teacher, etc.)


NOTE: The playing portion of the Athletic Band (Marching and/or Basketball Bands) audition will ONLY consist of a brief interview and one prepared solo. There is no sight reading or scale requirement. Please bring two letters of recommendation.




For Jazz Scholarships
To audition for a jazz scholarship, you will need:

  • to demonstrate your basic skills in the following areas
    • technique (scales, arpeggios, etc.)
    • improvisation (blues, rhythm changes, etc.)
    • sight-reading 
  • two letters of recommendation from music professionals who know you and your musical background (your band director, private instrument teacher, etc.)

    Note: Jazz pianists and guitarists should demonstrate the ability to comp over blues and/or rhythm changes; bass players should demonstrate the ability to construct bass lines over the same. Drummers should demonstrate a basic command of styles (medium swing, even eighth, ballad, Latin, etc.)

 

Full-Time Faculty

Lawrence Van Oyen

Professor of Music; Director of Bands
MUS
630-637-5628
Ramona M. Wis

Mimi Rolland Professor in the Fine Arts; Professor of Music
MUS
5629
Linda Ogden Hagen

Half-Time Associate Professor of Music
MUS
630-637-5627
Sean Kelley

Assistant Professor of Music
MUS
(630) 637-5358
Jonathon Kirk

Associate Professor of Music; Chairperson, Department of Music
MUS
5662
Eugene Mouse

Half-Time Assistant Professor of Music
MUS
5347
Jacqueline Schutt

Adjunct Instructor of Music
MUS
630-637-5625
Kelley Tatro

Assistant Professor of Music
MUS
5626
Barbara Vanderwall

Half-Time Assistant Professor of Music
MUS
630-637-5382


Jazz Performance Faculty

Janice Borla- Vocal Jazz

Mitch Paliga- Jazz Saxophone

Art Davis- Jazz Trumpet

Tim Coffman- Jazz Trombone

Jack Mouse- Jazz Drum Set, Coordinator of Jazz Studies

Kelly Sill- Jazz Bass

John McLean- Jazz Guitar

Brad Stirtz- Jazz Vibraphone

Chris White- Jazz Piano
 

Classical Performance Faculty

Voice

Linda Ogden Hagen- Voice, Coordinator of Vocal Studies

Jennifer Barrett- Voice

Derek Boemler- Voice

Thomas Dymit- Voice

Angela Presutti Korbitz- Voice

Victoria VerHoven- Voice
 

Winds and Percussion

Marie Bennett- Flute

Tricia Wlazlo- Oboe

Kimberlie Visconti Richter- Bassoon

Andrea DiOrio- Clarinet

Lawrence Van Oyen- Saxophone

Dan O'Connell- Horn in F

Paul Lowry- Trumpet

Chelsea French- Trombone

Scott Tegge- Euphonium and Tuba

George Blanchet- Percussion
 

Piano

Barbara Vanderwall- Piano, Coordinator of Piano Studies

Kathy Christian- Piano

Ann Waldron- Piano

John Warfel- Piano


Strings

Mara Gallagher- Violin and Viola

Claire Langenberg- Violincello and Double Bass

Nichole Luchs- Harp

Dr. Phillip Serna- Viola da Gamba
 

Composition Faculty

Jonathon Kirk- Composition, Coordinator of Composition Studies

David Grant- Composition

Sean Kelley- Composition

Katherine Young- Composition

 

Faculty Emeriti

Jeordano S. Martinez
Professor of Music, Emeritus
B.M., Baylor University, 1964; M.M., Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, 1971
jsmartinez@noctrl.edu

Student Teaching Opportunities

Top quality student teaching placements are within minutes of our Naperville campus. Some of the best high school, middle school and elementary school music programs in the state, and even the country, are nearby in DuPage, Will and Kane Counties and serve as sites for our music education majors’ clinical experiences.

Want to work with the director of a successful competitive marching band or with an award-winning innovative general music teacher? Or, how about conducting a choir that's hosting an internationally known composer-in-residence? 

You'll have opportunities like these when we place you in our area schools for your early clinical or senior student teaching experience.  

These are real hands-on teaching experiences, not just “observations” where you mindlessly log hours and take notes. During your junior year, you'll teach at the elementary, middle and high school levels while you take classes to help you develop your teaching skills. 

During your senior year, you'll teach full time for one term at both the elementary/middle school and high school levels. In every clinical, you'll be visited and mentored by a North Central supervisor who will provide input and evaluate and celebrate your progress.

By the time you complete your four years, you'll be well prepared to enter the profession because you will have worked with a wide variety of teachers and programs, and you will have had many opportunities to teach from the podium and in the classroom. You will be ready!  

Job Placements and Graduate School

Is there musical life after North Central? Absolutely! And, we will help you get there.

While you're here, you will develop a network of professionals — from exemplary teachers to working artists — who will help you as you approach graduation and look for a job or apply to graduate school. Our Career Development Center also provides services to you during your senior year, helping you write a top-notch resume and cover letter and learn about job fairs and job openings.

In the past 10 years, we have close to a 100 percent placement rate for our music education graduates. Some are teaching in Colorado or Wisconsin, some in inner-city Chicago, others in the Chicago suburbs. Our grads are working with Second City in Las Vegas, directing community-based music schools as part of church organizations, and working on advanced degrees  most recently at Indiana University, University of Texas at Austin, Boston Conservatory, the New England Conservatory, Northwestern University, University of Denver, Washington University, University of Wisconsin at Madison, Northern Illinois University, University of Kansas, DePaul University, Eastern Illinois University, Western Michigan University, the University of Pittsburgh and North Park University. These include concentrations in music performance, music theory and cognition, music composition, music education, jazz studies, musicology, choral conducting, and music library science.

NAfME (formerly MENC) chapter
Our collegiate chapter of the National Association for Music Education (formerly the Music Educators National Conference (MENC)), the largest organization of professional music educators in the world, is open to all North Central students interested in teaching music. Our chapter has received recognition four times from the national MENC office for “Outstanding Chapter Growth” and was elected to serve as the Host Chapter for the State of Illinois from 2001-2003.

As a member of MENC, you'll receive three different professional journals each month featuring articles and resources of interest to music educators. In addition, our MENC chapter hosts guest performing ensembles, speakers and other events throughout the year and travels to the annual Illinois All-State Conference for performances, sessions and exhibits.  

Internships, Study Abroad and Exchange Programs

North Central College provides numerous opportunities for internships in the arts, including studying music abroad and participating in a unique exchange program with Belmont University in Nashville. Please see the NCC International Programs website for more information.


A Day of Learning, Fun, and Friendship

First Annual NCC WoodwindFest

Spend a day learning about technique, performance practice, musicality, and repertoire from our esteemed woodwind faculty--all while making new friends from around the Chicagoland area! Participants will engage in master classes, ensembles, and workshops designed to improve, enrich, and inspire. Open to students in grades 6 through 12. Saturday, February 9th, 8 am to 4 pm in North Central College's world-class Wentz Concert Hall/Fine Arts Center. 


Be our guest at any home football game!

Cardinal Football Game Day Guest Program

Come be a part of the North Central College game day experience! Meet the directors, hang out with your section, and play along with the Cardinal Marching Band! It's a day of fun, spirit, friendship, and music! Open to all high school students, regardless of year.


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